Ben Tulett: I think the ethics of Ineos Grenadiers correspond to my character
Ben Tulett ended his time at Alpecin-Fenix last week with the same fearlessness that marked his two-year tenure with the team.
At the Giro del Veneto on Wednesday, the 20-year-old was among the aggressors on Il Roccolo’s steep climb to the final before taking on a cop role in the chase squad before the victory went to his teammate Xandro Meurisse. In 2022, the 20-year-old Briton will ride for Ineos Grenadiers.
“I’m passing now so it was a good way to end the year with the team,” said Tulett on arrival at Padua.
This was only his third race on Italian roads, having placed 21st at Il Lombardia and eighth at Coppa Agostoni, but he seemed to quickly pick up on the nuances, following the movements of the UAE Team Emirates during the the last climb of the day.
“I knew I came here in good condition,” he said. “I really like this style of racing to end the year.”
Tulett moved straight from the junior ranks to the professional peloton two years ago, and it was perhaps fitting that a rider who won a world cyclo-cross title in the discipline would take the step with the Alpecin-Fenix team. By Mathieu van der Poel, who had started to show off their off-road success on the road.
The young Briton immediately impressed with fifth place in the Tour of Antalya 2020, but he would have to wait until August to race again due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown suspending races.
Time spent outdoors didn’t hold back his progress much.
“I think the key was to stay calm, to focus on yourself and to realize that it’s a bigger picture than cycling,” said Tulett, who ended his first season cut short by becoming the youngest rider in the world. complete Liège-Bastogne-Liège in more than a century.
Assured displays followed in his sophomore year 2021, as Tulett placed 12th at the Flèche Wallonne and ninth overall in the Tour de Poland, before drawing attention again with his October performances on Italian roads. By then, of course, it had already been confirmed that Tulett would move to the WorldTour with Ineos Grenadiers in 2022.
“I went straight from the juniors to the pro peloton, so I knew it would be a big step, and slowly I’m moving up the ranks,” explained Tulett.
“I was happy with this season, with some good races and some not so good. But I’m happy to have learned a lot about myself, and now I’m looking forward to the next chapter with Ineos Grenadiers.
Develop with care with Inoes Grenadiers
Tulett will join Tom Pidcock at the Ineos Grenadiers, but unlike the Olympic mountain bike champion, he will not participate in any off-road races this winter. Instead, Tulett will focus on constantly preparing for his first WorldTour campaign.
“This winter I just want to focus on the road ambitions for now, but I would never completely say that I will never come back to cyclocross,” he said. “Maybe one day.”
Since its inception as Team Sky in 2010, Ineos Grenadiers has, rightly or wrongly, gained a reputation for a normative approach to training and racing. Still, Pidcock, for his part, had the freedom to mix his off-road activities with his booming WorldTour career.
Tulett, for his part, does not consider any problem to adapt to the philosophy of his new team.
“At the end of the day, I love bike racing,” he said.
“Whether it’s the mountains, the time trial or the classics, I love everything and I want to be the best I can be wherever I run. Whether it works for the team or strives for victory myself, I want to do it 100% to the best of my ability, which I believe has gone hand in hand with team ethics from the very beginning. .
“I want to do everything to the best of my ability and if that means training six hours, that means training six hours. I feel that the team’s ethics match my character. I guess we’ll see in the next few years, but at the moment I’m very excited about my next step.
When Ineos Grenadiers announced Tulett’s arrival last month, the Kent native signaled his intention to become an overall rider.
“To win the Tour [de France] is my big long term ambition, ”Tulett said at the time. In Italy this week, he explained that while his goals are ambitious, the timetable will not be rushed.
“We’ll see how my development goes, really,” he said.
“I don’t want to rush my development. I’ll go at my own pace and we’ll go that fast. I don’t want to put pressure on myself and say that I must be x, y and z in two or three years, we’ll see how my evolution goes.